Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Smashing the glass ceiling: Hazel Smyth

In the second part of a three-part series about female elected local public representatives in the area, Topic spoke to Green Party councillor Hazel Smyth, a young woman from Killucan, and a lawyer and barrister, who found herself being drawn into politics and the Green Party because of her strongly held views on climate change issues and protecting the environmentas well as key local issues.

By Claire Corrigan

Cllr. Hazel Smyth is a native of Killucan and represents the people of the Mullingar-Kinnegad Municipal district as a Green party member of the County Council.

When Topic spoke to her this week about her reasons for joining the Green Party and becoming involved in politics at local level, Hazel covered a great deal of ground. And also made it abundantly clear that she wants to see real change coming about at local level, and major issues tackled. And she’s keen to see many more women involved in politics.

“I know a lot of really amazing women who would be just great in politics, people who have really great ideas and who would bring a lot to any organisation, particularly to government and policy. However, for a myriad of reasons they decide not to get into it and I spent a lot of my time telling these friends of mine that they would be great at it and should go for it, so it got to the point where I needed to put my money where my mouth was, and give it a shot myself.”

“I think there are many people out there that would be brilliant in politics. We need to set the example that ‘if I can do it, you can do it. It is doable and a worthwhile job.”

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